Wooden Ancestral Figure - Dogon People, Mali M9
Wooden Ancestral Figure - Dogon People, Mali M9
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Wooden Ancestral Figure - Dogon People, Mali M9

$9,000.00
The Dogon live in the remote Bandiagara cliffs. They have a very complex cosmology and are known for their incredible masks and sculptures. Sculptures are important in their everyday life. Both their making & purpose have symbolic meaning. Sculptures are kept in houses, sanctuaries or by the Hogon (spiritual leader).This tall and impressive piece represents a female ancestral figure. It served as a shrine figure belonging to the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the Dogon. The Dogon worship their ancestors, both historical and mythical, and this figure relates to a real or fictional ancestor. The sculpture of the Dogon constitutes one of the richest artistic traditions of West Africa.

Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Numerous cracks and eroded areas and part of the base is missing.

Height: 31 ⅜" x Width: 5" x Depth: 4 " - it is 31 ⅞" tall on its base.

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